by Allyson Doty
Pensacola State College’s women’s basketball team suffered their first conference loss, 78-65, to Gulf Coast State College on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Lou Ross Center.
“We hung our heads a little too soon, but we fought hard and played hard and we will definitely be ready to get them next time,” stated PSC Head Coach Leah Drury.
PSC was up by ten points in the first seven minutes of the game and obtained what looked like an out-of-reach lead.
GCSC responded very quickly and closed the gap by making it an even match at 12 points.
Alexis Horton, a PSC starter and freshman at only 5 feet 6 inches, created numerous opportunities on the court including four steals that resulted in eight points for the Pirates.
While they strived for the upper hand in the first half, the score remained tied, 38-38.
The Lady Pirates exploded out of the locker room at the beginning of the second half, with PSC’s Horton putting 14 more points on the board.
Halfway through the second half, GCSC’s head coach, Vernette Skeete, received a technical foul for inappropriate behavior that handed the Pirates two more points by Alyssa Rohlehr.
PSC began to fall short with seven minutes left in the game and could not keep up with the Commodores resulting in a 78-65 loss.
“I’m really proud of our team and how they went out and fought and competed. A few things cost us mental errors late in the second half,” said Drury.
The next conference home game for PSC is Saturday, Jan. 19, against Tallahassee Community College. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.